Ben received his undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Chicago where he majored in criminal justice. He was legally trained at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While in law school Ben was fortunate enough to work as an intern through the then established Appellate Prosecutors Internship Program.
Ben greatly appreciates the experience and knowledge he gained through this program. Prior to becoming State's Attorney in Jersey County he worked in private practice, concentrating in personal injury, family law and workers compensation. Ben was appointed as Jersey County State's Attorney in July of 2007 and successfully ran for re-election in 2008 and 2012.